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Hello, my name is Alex.
I've just put a cake in the oven ready to enjoy as a treat tomorrow.
While it's baking, there's just enough time for a bedtime story.
It's about someone else who's been doing some cooking.
Would you like to hear it?
The story is called Recipe For A Story and it's by Ella Burfoot.
I am going to cook a book.
I'll break some thoughts into cup.
I'll beat them, whisk them, mix them up.
I'll weigh out the words - just enough -
choosing the right ones can be tough.
The small ones go into the pot.
He, she, it, when and what.
I'll drop some big words from a height.
Elephant, crocodile, dynamite!
Now that my story has begun, I'll cut out characters one by one.
Feelings, colours, sounds, a picture,
all add flavour to my mixture.
I'll add a watery word or two.
I'll pour them in and stir them through.
Splish, splosh, splash. Drip or sprinkle.
Glug and gurgle. Squelch and tinkle.
Now, I'll put a lid on it, wait a while, let it sit.
It's not until I roll it out that I'll find out what it's all about.
And now I'll lay it in the tin, so my characters can jump in.
Next - the middle, the action, the filling -
into the pan without any spilling.
Now, all I'll do is simply add a spoon of good
and a pinch of bad.
Turn up the heat, let the bubbles quicken
and then my plot begins to thicken.
Every sentence will taste much better if I add a full stop
and a capital letter.
But where did I put them?
I've seen them myself, here they are in the cupboard on the top shelf.
Lastly, the ending. I'll press it down and add decoration all around.
I will glaze with happiness, leave it to cook,
then bake it, brown it and finish my book.
I turn the pages and I can tell that my recipe has turned out well.
I've done everything that I need to make my story a delicious read.
That was Recipe For A Story. I hope you enjoyed it.
Now that you've found out how to make a story,
it's time to you to go to bed.
I hope you cook up some sweet dreams!
Sleep tight. I'll see you again soon.